Vegan Leather?

July 21, 2016


I am often torn between plastic and leather when specifying. Perhaps Pinatex™ is the solution?

Piñatex™ is a non-woven textile made from the long fibres found in pineapple leaves, which are a by-product from the pineapple harvest.

Piñatex™ can be printed on, stitched and cut and is available in various thicknesses, finishes and applications. It is currently produced on 155cm width textile rolls.

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G Plan Delight

July 14, 2016

G Plan Chest of Drawers

Buying 1950’s furniture is a great way to create a stylish interior in a sustainable and economical way. Not only are you reducing waste in the world by using a pre-loved item you’re creating a stylish interior with quality pieces that are generally a fraction of what a new piece of the same quality.


One of my favourite twentieth century interior stores is Anonymous on Francis Street, where I recently purchased a delicious G-plan chest of drawers (bottom right of first image). The veneer on this unit is so rich and I just love waking up to it every morning.



DIY Aircon from Plastic Bottles

July 7, 2016

eco cooler by Grey GroupImage from Springwise

Over 70% of Bangladesh’s population live in corrugated tin huts across the countryside. During the long summer months, temperatures reach up to 45° Celsius, making these huts unbearable to live in.

To address the issue, communications company Grey Dhaka teamed up with volunteers from Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd to create the Eco-Cooler – the world’s first-ever zero electricity air cooler, which uses re-purposed plastic bottles cut in half and put into a grid, in accordance to available window sizes. Based on wind direction and airflow pressure, the Eco-Cooler has succeeded in decreasing the temperature in tin huts by up to 5° Celsius.

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Expandable Seat

June 29, 2016

This quick little video gives an entertaining introduction to the ‘flexible love’ chair, which stretches into a gigantic seat that creators claim is flexible and strong yet light to move. In fact the ‘flexible love’ has been in a Taiwanese Museum with daily visitors enjoying a flex seat for the past 5 years.

This extending super seat is made from 100% recycled paper in the earth brown color and virgin craft paper in the white and can seat 12 adults at 120kg per seat.

The flexible love is available to buy online in the USA, Canada and Mexico through http://expandfurniture.com



Build your Own Furniture

June 23, 2016

spyndi charms chair by Mindaugas Žilionis

To watch a video of how the system works click here.


Lithuanian designer Mindaugas Žilionis created a multifunctional chair SPYNDI that can be turned into any shape by reassembling its 60 handmade wooden elements. In just 15 minutes you can turn this pile of sticks into many different chairs, lounges and tables. The human spine-inspired project has already reached full funding on Kickstarter! (Source: Bored Panda)



Stunning ‘Natural’ Bookshelf

June 16, 2016

branch shelving

I think this shelving ‘system’ is just stunning. It was created by Chilean-born, New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz, who found and transformed a branch from a felled tree into a unique and beautiful bookshelf. The repurposed artwork was named Bilbao, after the street in Santiago where it was found. (source: inhabitat)



Herringbone Cork Floor

June 9, 2016

herringbone cork floor

In my constant search for sustainable finishes i came across this lovely herringbone cork tile floor by Pretty Handy Girl, who installed the floor herself and wrote up a very handy blog post on how to install a cork tile floor.

She also very helpfully wrote up a review of the floor after one year. In it she lists the benefits of cork floors as being;

  • They are super soft underfoot
  • They are warm
  • They are forgiving, you can drop glass or plates on it and they rarely shatter
  • They are tough, no scratches from the dogs nails or chairs moving on them
  • They don’t show dirt or dog hair!